Authorities at Corbett Tiger Reserve have issued a strict and morose order to shoot at sight of any poacher to prevent killing of tigers in the reserve. The official in charge Madhukar Dhakate said that such step has been taken to save the wildlife especially tigers.
Along with such strict measures authorities have barred the villagers to enter the wildlife reserve. “We have started tactical anti-poaching operations under which forest staff has been ordered to shoot at sight if a suspected poacher with arms is seen in the critical tiger habitat zone. This is not the first time such directives have been issued,” said Dhakate.
Two drones along with 150 forest frontline officials guard the area 24×7. Over 388 camera traps have been installed along with sharp shooters with night vision goggles are on alert to take the precautionary measure.
Calling it a “tactical anti-poaching operations”, Dhakate said that the forest staff has been ordered to shoot at sight if a suspected poacher with arms is seen in the critical tiger habitat zone.
According to forest officials, at least three incidents of attempted infiltration thwarted in the past three months, forest officials said. Incidents of poaching of tigers and leopards have been on the rise in the state.
Between 2012 to March 14, 2016, 50 tiger deaths were reported from CTR, out of which 13 big cats were killed by poachers. Going by the statistics prepared by Delhi-based Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), Uttarakhand reported seizure of 22 leopard skins and bones in the first eight months of 2016.
Last December, the Uttarakhand High Court had issued an order stating that no wild animals, including tigers, leopards and panthers, shall be declared man-eater and killed in the state. It had also ordered that the wild animal that poses threat to human life should be captured alive by using tranquiliser gun in the presence of a veterinary doctor.